That Camp? No – THATCamp

Posted: February 27, 2013

Want to know what’ll happen during the THATCamp Feminisms West? So do we – but the contents of this unique event will take form only after participants meet in person on March 15 and decide what’ll be on the agenda.While the particular sessions will be decided at the event, the general focus will be on ways that feminist theories and practices can help transform digital humanities – and regular humanities – scholarship. Attendees are likely to be interested in issues around gender and technology, social media, gaming, and cultural analysis.

Everything about THATCamp Feminisms West is unique – right down to its name. This event is a billed as an “unconference” – meaning that its schedule won’t be known until all participants get together and decide, as a group, on a list of topics. There will be two workshops available to all “campers.” Mia Ridge (Open University) will be offering a workshop titled “Data visualisations as gateway to programming,” a basic intro to programming for humanities scholars and students and Miriam Posner’s (UCLA) workshop, “Building Online Exhibits with Omeka,” will focus on the use of Omeka for museum, art, and humanities exhibits.

What are “digital humanities”?

“Digital Humanities makes creative and critical use of digital technology to promote scholarship and teaching in the humanities,” says Scripps College Assistant Professor of English Jacqueline Wernimont, the organizer of this unconference.

THATCamp stands for “The Humanities and Technology Camp,” which began as a single event at George Mason University and is now a national phenomenon. THATCamp Feminisms is free and open to the public, with all participants applying through the online registration by indicating their interest in the topic.

What is an “unconference”?

It is an informal conference. At an unconference, the program isn’t pre-planned by a conference committee. Rather, it’s created on the first day with the help of all registered participants. Also, at an unconference, you won’t find any presentations or lectures. Rather, all participants are expected to collaborate and work together in every session.

“Less yak, more hack,” is one of the informal THATCamp mottos, according to Wernimont.

Though the contents of this event are yet to be determined, Wernimont says she has collaborated with other THATCamp organizers to host a national “wiki-editing storm” on the morning of March 15. Titled “tooFEW,” this “Feminists Engage Wikipedia” hackfest will focus on increasing and improving feminist content on Wikipedia. All THATCamp Feminisms West attendees are invited to the hackfest, which will include digital humanities enthusiasts at Bernard College and Emory University, along with individual hackers across the nation.

THATCamp Feminisms, which runs March 15 and 16, is free and open to the public and will be held at Scripps College. However, the conference is limited to the first 100 registered participants, so register now!

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